It’s Electric

bobdylan180July 25th 1965 Bob Dylan took the stage at Newport Music Festival sporting something his fans could never imagine him with, an electric guitar. Upon sight of this sunburst Fender Stratocaster fans watched in awe as the man with the acoustic guitar they fell so deeply in love with alter an essential part of his sound. This change in many of their eyes was seen as not only a betrayal but signified his exit from the folk world and entrance into the pop one. Though this move was drastic in regards to his sound, as the artist Dylan is allowed to make those decisions. These are the types of decisions that may not only change the way your art is heard but could change the way people view that art as a whole. Without such great changes as bands pushing amplifiers to their breaking points and creating sounds never heard before, we wouldn’t have what we now call Rock n’ Roll.

As a person creates it is important for them to create freely and too innovate. Without thinking outside of the box the box will remain small. In today’s musical world this need to innovate is extremely necessary just as it was then. The understanding of this necessity is displayed through the thousands of genres that one can listen to at any given point. Though there is still the popular form of music that there was back then there is still a home for everyone else with whatever taste they may have, and that wouldn’t be the case had the initiative not been taken to innovate and continue innovating. Through this image these ideas should be preserved as to keep the world of music evolving.

Nicholas Greco

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